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Nicky Edmondson, Principal, St Johns Marlborough with Maths PGCE student Malcolm Hay and Sarah Frame, Director of Excalibur TSA

Excalibur Teaching School Alliance, based at St John’s in Marlborough is now offering primary and secondary school teacher training courses, starting in September 2017.

The one year graduate School Direct training programmes are run by Excalibur Teaching School Alliance (TSA), a partnership of primary and secondary schools across Bristol, Reading, West Berkshire and Wiltshire, in collaboration with Bath Spa University and Bristol University.

Following its designation as a National Teaching School Alliance in March, Excalibur TSA is accepting applications for its exciting new teacher training programme and is looking to recruit talented trainees at both primary and secondary level from across the region.

The School Direct training programme is open to recent graduates and to people looking for a career change, and offers the chance to be part of a teaching team from day one, by combining teacher training with on-the-job learning.

Successful candidates will be eligible for a tax free bursary or a salary, and will have the opportunity to train alongside experienced teachers in some the best primary and secondary schools in the country.

Trainees in secondary schools will be able to opt to work with either Bristol or Bath Spa University. The primary programmes are being run in collaboration with Bath Spa.

Sarah Frame, Director of Excalibur TSA sees the Teaching School as a huge opportunity for potential teachers in the area, saying: “If you want to help children and young people in your area to realise their ambitions and you feel you can inspire them to fulfil their potential, we want to hear from you.

“We are accepting applications from people who believe they have the potential to be brilliant teachers. Working in partnership with Bath Spa University and Bristol University, School Direct enables us to customise training to meet the needs of both the school and the trainee, who will gain practical experience from day one.

“It is a great way both to learn and qualify to become a teacher and many successful candidates quickly progress into leadership positions.”

St John’s Marlborough is holding regular information events to enable potential trainees to find out more about what is involved in becoming a teacher, and how to apply. The first event is on Friday 14 October, from 10:00-14:30 and places can be booked by emailing admintsa@stjohns.wilts.sch.uk

More information on how to book is on the Excalibur TSA website: http://excalibur.org.uk/excalibur-tsa/

There is a lot of support available nationally for people considering moving into a teaching career. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is on hand to help people through the application process. Kim Mitchell, a Teaching and Leadership Adviser for NCTL, explained: Teaching is a fantastic career – it offers a competitive salary, flexibility and great opportunities for people seeking career progression. With the bursaries and scholarships on offer this year, more talented graduates will have the opportunity and support to become teachers and help young people reach their full potential.

“School Direct allows individuals to learn alongside some of the best teachers working in our classrooms today, and be part of the team from day one. By offering bursaries in key subjects, or a salary, together with outstanding training and development, schools are attracting the very best new teachers.”

Around 30,000 trainee teachers need to be recruited every year. To help with this, NCTL runs an annual recruitment campaign which plays a key role in attracting high-quality new entrants to the profession.

In addition to bursaries, the government also offers teacher training scholarships for the most gifted maths, physics, chemistry, languages, geography and computing trainees, in partnership with highly respected professional bodies – the Institute of Physics (IOP); the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA); the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC); the Royal Geographical Society British Council; and the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

For information on the routes into teaching, including School Direct, go to: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching or contact the Get intoTeaching Line on 0800 389 2500.

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FHS celebrates its best results ever!

GCSE EXAMS 2016Sixty per cent of students at Fairfield High School (FHS) achieved five or more GCSE passes at grade C or above including English and Maths. This headline figure is up eight percentage points on 2015 and has risen 13 points in two years.

Students at FHS continue to make better than expected progress on a range of measures, including the old-style value added and the new Progress 8. The latter shows that students on average achieved a grade higher in eight subjects than might have been expected.

GCSE EXAMS FHS 5FHS students’ levels of progress in both maths and English in 2016 are above the national average. Seventy per cent of students got an A*-C in English and 69 per cent achieved those grades in maths. The figure for those who gained C or above in both English and maths was 62 per cent. Science was also highly successful, with 89 per cent of candidates gaining two passes.

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Catriona Mangham, Executive Principal, said:

“We are so proud of our students. These fantastic results are down to the hard work and dedication of all staff and students and the excellent support we have received from the Excalibur Academies Trust over the past year. We wish all our students well as they move on to the next stage in their lives.”

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Excellent GCSE results for St John’s Students

Bucking the national trend are the boys at St. John’s with this year’s highest fliers being Ollie Kanisius Pocock (12 A* grades), Greg Rogan Rea (11 A*s and an A), Jacob Smith (10 A*s and 2 As) and Matt Snell (also 10 A*s and 2 As). All four plan on studying A-levels at St. John’s.

These four have helped us smash our record for top grades with over a third of all grades being A* or A, despite GCSEs having been toughened up on Government orders.

Results were excellent overall with 71% of students achieving at least 5 A*-C grades including Maths and English Language or Literature.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Of course there are many other top students too: over 30 of them achieved at least 10 A or A* grades including: Max Brown, Dan Collins, Ollie Davies, Isabel Farrell, Freddie Good, Lucy Harton-Carter, Alex Knighton, Selwyn Lilley, Charlie Major, Isobel Mason, Joe Perdue, Asher Sandbach, Ruby Soellner, Sam Taylor and Anna Wren.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The focus is also on progress in Year 11 and we are delighted with the outstanding achievements of our top 5: Charlotte Jackson, Jocelyn Drew, Max Brown, Thomas Dore and Isabella Hutton who all beat their targets by 2 grades in every subject!

Congratulations to all of our students and thank you to their parents and all of our staff for their work in helping everyone achieve their results.

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